By David L. Robbins
One kingdom taking a determined gamble of war.
Another combating for survival.
Two armies locked in a bloody cataclysm that might make a decision heritage. . .
David L. Robbins has received frequent approval for his robust and wonderfully researched novels of worldwide struggle II. Now he casts his tremendous imaginative and prescient on some of the most terrifying--and such a lot crucial--battles of the warfare: the conflict of Kursk, Hitler’s determined gamble to defeat Russia, within the ultimate German offensive at the japanese front.
Spring 1943. within the west, Germany strengthens its choke carry on France. To the south, an Allied invasion looms drawing close. however the maximum danger to Hitler’s dream of 1000 yr Reich lies east, the place his forces are pitted in a dying fit with a Russian enemy prepared to pay any fee to shield the motherland. Hitler rolls the cube, hurling his most sensible SS forces and his fearsome new weapon, the Mark VI Tiger tank, in a last-ditch summer season offensive, code-named Citadel.
The pink military round Kursk is a sprawling array of infantry, armor, fighter planes, and bombers. between them is an intrepid crew of ladies flying antiquated biplanes; they swoop over the Germans at midnight, incomes their nickname, “Night Witches.” at the flooring, deepest Dimitri Berko gallops his tank, the crimson Army’s lithe little T-34, like a Cossack steed. within the turret above Dimitri rides his son, Valya, a Communist sergeant who concerns his father orders whereas the conflict widens the gulf among them. within the skies, Dimitri’s daughter, Katya, flies with the evening Witches, until eventually she joins a ferocious band of partisans within the forests round Kursk. Like Russia itself, the Berko relations is agony the fury and devastation of history’s so much big tank conflict whereas combating to maintain what's sacred–their land, their lives, and every other–as Hitler flings opposed to them his so much powerful armed force.
Inexorable and devastating, a firm of Mark VI Tiger tanks is commanded by way of one impressive SS officer, a Spaniard referred to as l. a. Daga, the Dagger. He’d suffered a negative wound by the hands of the Russians: now he has lower back with a chilly fury to designated his revenge. And above all of it, one quiet guy makes his personal plan to carry fort crashing down and reshape the destiny of the world.
A outstanding tale of guys and palms, loyalty and betrayal, Last Citadel propels us into the claustrophobic confines of a tank in wrestle, into the strain of guerrilla strategies, and around the smoking charnel of 1 of history’s maximum battlefields. Panoramic, genuine, and unforgettable, it reverberates lengthy after the final cannon sounds.
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